Would You Pay a Subscription to Visit Your Favourite Public Park?

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sheffield's Heeley Park is thinking about asking regular users for a contribution to its running costs, suggesting that a £10 annual fee might be a good way to help pay to keep green spaces maintained in the future. But is it? Or would it mean we'd all spend longer than ever indoors welded to various screens?

The plan for Heeley is to perhaps ask for a voluntary £10 subscription, one way in which the park's £45,000 annual running costs could be met. As it's voluntary there'd be no requirement to pay it in order to take your dog/child out for some exercise and a toilet break, but still. Isn't paying for a park a bit mean? They may as well stick a ticket machine at the gate.

Or would subscribing to an open space actually make you feel like part of it, more likely to use it and perhaps more committed to keeping it clean? After all, when you subscribe to Netflix you end up forcing yourself to watch any old crap to get your money's worth out of it, so perhaps paying for membership of a local park might similarly encourage people to go and sit in it more than usual? [Guardian]

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